Created as a demonstration program for the Atari 400 and 800, the "Dealer Demo" represents one of the forerunners of what would eventually become the "Demoscene", a decades-long culture to demonstrate programming skill and machine ability. This dealer demo is semi-autonomous, looping throughout demonstrations of sound and video capabilities of the Atari 8-Bit machines while touting their flexibility and use. It is possible to enter your name and interact with the machine, but the demos will continue if you do not.
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October 25, 2013 Subject:
This really brought back some memories and in all actuality was pretty spot on as far as the things it said it would do for computing. Atari was a pretty amazing product. I didn't really get into Apple until a few years ago. My dad brought home the first Atari 400 and later the 800. He did pretty much any and all of the things listed in the demo. I think the demo is why he bought it in the first place. It was for pioneers and God knows he spend many a sleepless night trying to prove that he would be one of those pioneers. Great walk down memory lane and I am am exuberant to be a part of the group! thanks!